USA confiscate protective masks for Berlin

USA confiscate protective masks for Berlin

In the Corona crisis, Berlin has to do without an urgently needed supply of 200,000 medical protective masks.

  • Medical mouthguard.© dpa
    Medical mouthguard.
  • Andreas Geisel gestikuliert© dpa
    Berlin's Interior Senator Andreas Geisel (SPD) at a press conference.
The reason: The USA confiscated the goods in Bangkok, as Berlin's Interior Senator Andreas Geisel (SPD) announced on April 3, 2020. According to him, the masks of class FFP-2, which can protect against infection with the corona virus, were intended for the Berlin police. Berlin had ordered and paid for them from a US company. According to research by the newspaper "Tagesspiegel", they were manufactured in China, official details were not available.

Geisel harshly criticized the action of the USA

"We consider it an act of modern piracy," he explained. "This is not the way to deal with transatlantic partners. Even in times of global crisis, Wild West methods should not prevail." He said the German government must press the United States to comply with international rules.

Berlin is not alone with the loss of masks

Recently, French politicians, for example, accused the USA of buying up supplies of protective masks in China for France. In addition, the U.S. administration has obliged the American conglomerate 3M by law to supply the U.S. with as many N95 respiratory masks as possible, such as those used in hospitals. The group also manufactures in China.

Source: dpa

| Last edited: Friday, 3. April 2020 20:53 Uhr

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